SWINGING BRIDGE MRS PAYTEN CHARDONNAY 2017

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SWINGING BRIDGE MRS PAYTEN CHARDONNAY 2017

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This is where things get serious for Orange - Chardonnay is a style of excellence here.  One of the region's earliest plantings is the Balmoral vineyard at an elevation of 1050 metres, famed for the great Rosemount chardonnays of the 1990s.  Mrs Payten is Tom's grandmother, with this wine first released in 2012 to commemorate her 90th birthday.

This is a style of intensity and generosity.  A waxy, almost buttery texture, though this is through lees rather than oak (sees 10 months in tightly grained French barrels).  Grapefruit and white peach flavours form the core,  over a pleasing flintiness.  A nod to the traditional style of Australian chardonnay but keeps a tautness to its frame, and most importantly, high refreshment factor.

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Swinging Bridge

A defining estate in the emerging, high altitude region of Orange, NSW

Swinging Bridge was established in 1995 by Tom and Georgie Ward with their extended family, and has been under Tom and Georgie’s full stewardship since 2008. Now one of Orange’s leading and most noted producers, Swinging Bridge are pushing boundaries with experimental small batch wines (the #00s) complementing a solid offering of noble varietals from the region’s high altitude vineyards.